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Use appeasement signals in dog training


Dogs use numerous appeasement signals when communicating with their peers or with you. In dog training you can use these gestures yourself and thus avoid upcoming conflicts. If you lie down quietly, that's also a soothing signal - Shutterstock / Hysteria

There are always misunderstandings in the communication between humans and dogs. Especially calming signals often misinterpret people and think that your dog is disobedient or stubborn. If communication between humans and dogs runs better, dog training is easier and the friendship between humans and dogs is deepened.

Communication instead of punishment in dog training

Dogs try to appease when they feel that there is a conflict in the air or the mood is tense. You want to defuse the situation and restore harmony. From a human perspective, however, many signals of appeasement do not act like offers of peace, but like disrespect or disobedience. If the dog is then punished, he is initially unsettled and amplifies his appeasement signals.

So it seems rude to many people if you don't look them in the eye or speak away when they speak. We also expect someone to come to us quickly and by the shortest route when we call them. However, dogs tick quite differently. They don't like to be stared at and move the slower the more stress they perceive their counterpart. Running small arches is also a signal of appeasement. If you see such behavior in your dog, it is best to remain calm. Relax and stay friendly when your four-legged friend slows down, yawns and turns away or lies down very slowly. As soon as he realizes that his appeasement signals have worked, he comes to you. Then give him a treat or praise him so that he knows it's good to come to you.

Interpret the appeasement signals from the dog correctly

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Use appeasement signals yourself

You can also use appeasement signals in dog training to avoid conflicts in advance. For example, you can avoid quarrels during a dog walk if you stand between your dog and the other dog and walk with your four-legged friend a little. When approaching a dog, do not go straight to him or look him in the eye. Perhaps you can squint or blink deliberately to clarify your peaceful intentions.

Then slowly crouch down on the side of the new dog and do not try to stroke it from above. He could be startled and startled, and snap or bite out of fear. If your dog is often excited or nervous, you can use calming signals to calm him down. This also helps with acute stress. Dog training is easier when your four-legged friend is relaxed.